Skip to main site content.
A protestor holds up a sign of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the federal courthouse on July 8, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Justice

Nude photos of underage girls seized from billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s home in trafficking case

By WITW Staff on July 8, 2019

Investigators have seized hundreds of nude photos of young women and girls from billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan home, amid a new investigation into allegations that he exploited minors for sex, The New York Times reports, citing prosecutors.

Epstein was arrested on Saturday, charged with sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy, the Times reports. He is accused of luring dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14, to his Manhattan townhouse as well as to a mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, according to the indictment.

He allegedly engaged in sex acts with the minors, some as young as 14, during nude massage sessions, then paid them hundreds of dollars. He also asked some of the girls to recruit other underage girls, the indictment said.

The charges are a revival of another case against Epstein, who had faced similar accusations involving girls in South Florida more than a decade ago, but was shielded by a 2008 plea deal, according to the Times.

For years, women have accused him—in civil suits and in complaints to police—of preying on them when they were underage. But he remained shielded from federal charges by his plea deal.

The U.S. attorney in Manhattan, Geoffrey S. Berman, said his office was not bound by the 2008 agreement, according to the Times. “That agreement, by its terms, only binds the Southern District of Florida,” he said.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

Related

Federal prosecutors broke law, violated victims’ rights in deal with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein: Judge

Victims of multi-millionaire who targeted underage girls still fighting for justice a decade later

Ashley Judd says she is not part of the reported Weinstein settlement — and intends to go to trial